My father used to work with Kelly Deyong as a record distributor. As a result he wound up with a collection of thousands of vinyl records. My journey started when as a baby, my mother would place me in front of a set of speakers and play them, from classic to pop and everything in between. At the age of seven, I realized I had the ability to play instruments by ear. As I learned how to play the guitar, I also noticed I could play anything on the radio without chords or notation. I could just hear it and play it. I could also predict all the top hits on the radio before they became popular, always feeling what made a song special. (Most individuals have to listen to a song 2 or 3 times before they really like it). At the age of eight came the revelation that I could also write music. I could compose a song in a matter of minutes, which was musically OK, however, I realized that while composing, I could search for that special feeling that makes a song catchy. In the early years I was influenced by Spanish and English Pop charts and most recently by Japanese Pop. When I was 6 my parents sold everything, bought a boat and took my sister and I on a journey to sail across the world. For more see my Biography Section. Please visit the Listen Section of my website for my latest songs. I have written thousands of songs and am slowly updating and remastering some of the older material for publication.
I wrote this song when I was 13 or 14 in Guatemala while I was attending school at "Colegio Fransiscano 12 de Octubre". This is the original recording copied from an old cassette tape. I was one of the 3 valedictorians at the school, we are in front.
Song Title: "Hoy Cantamos Al Maestro"
I went to high school in Guatemala City at the "American School of Guatemala". I used to play guitar on campus with my good friend Efrain Figueroa. I recently wrote a song about my times in Guatemala. This song has some of the elements of the type of music we use to play.
I used to live at the Gramercy apartments near hollywood. My neighbor was Al Yankovich. I happened to be recording this song as he came over for a Jam Session. We used to have these old style ringers on the door (similar to a bicycle ringer). Title: I've Never Seen Something So Beautiful". The sound you hear at 2:23 was Al ringing the bell. I remember at the time he had just released "Another one rides the bus" spoof on "Another one bytes the dust"
I started recording music in the analog days before Midi and Digital Recording. My first recorder was a Sony 4 track, reel to reel unit from a music shop in Hollywood. Slowly progressed to a 24 track Tascam Reel to Reel and a 24 Mackie Mixer. The song "Cowboy" below was recorded on the Sony 4 track
As I started building a recording studio, I realized I wouldn't get far on a budget, especially in the mid 80's. I would need money for my toys, so I decided to pursued an Engineering Degree at Cal Poly and began working as an Electrical Engineer at the Ralph M. Parsons company in Pasadena, California. Time was very limited but I managed a song here an there. "Paper Flowers" was written while I was in college.
Around 1989 I purchased a Korg T3 music workstation. This was my introduction to midi. Suddenly I had 100's of sounds and instruments I could use for inspiration while composing. The Korg sounds where rudimentary and are now dated, but allowed great experimentation. The song: "Monkeys On Motorcycles On Mars" was done completely on the Korg Workstation.
This was an instrumental piece written in 1990 on a Korg T3 using Cakewalk. I had just started expanding the studio to include various sound modules including: Proteus II, Roland JD990, EMU-Emax II, Alesis D4, Yamaha TG55. Unfortunately I don't have the original sounds so I can't polish it up. This is the original recording. Title: "Crickets"
The song below was written while I worked for Universal Studios in Hollywood. During lunch I would grab my guitar and go into the stairwell and write songs because I loved the acoustics. This was the original raw recording of "Sayin' It From The Heart". Once I got most of the Lyrics down I recorded it on a small tape recorder with mini cassettes, the kind used for audio transcribing. This song will be featured in my next Album scheduled for release sometime this summer.
Guitar is my main instrument and my first love. I learned how to play at the age of 8. I started with a nylon string classical guitar then began using steel string acoustic and electric guitars. Though I write songs with arrangements for all types of guitars I have always been fond of the acoustic. My favorite guitar is a Larravie which features a robust high end as well as a rich low end.
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